Alumni Awards

2022 Head of School’s Award for Distinguished Service to the School

Steve Sawitz ’75, the fourth generation in his family to run Miami’s iconic Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant, received the Head of School’s Award during an April 23 lunch that served as a centerpiece of an exciting and jam-packed 2022 Alumni Weekend, the first on-campus reunion event in three years. Head of School Penny Townsend presented the award, lauding Sawitz for his commitment to tradition and innovation and noting the parallels between the 109-year-old restaurant and Ransom Everglades, which she called “two pillars in our magical city.”

“With your leadership, commitment and service to the school, its students, faculty and alumni,” she said, “you are an inspiration for the entire school community.”

Chris Moore ’76, who nominated Sawitz for the award, offered remarks during the luncheon, emphasizing his former classmate’s vision: “Steve constantly strived to become better … He took the family business and he launched it to a completely new level … It means so much to everyone in South Florida … You make us proud. Steve, we love you.”
Sawitz thanked Moore and several friends, and shared particular appreciation for his mother, Jo Ann Bass; wife, Ross; and daughter, Julia, whom he credited with being “the spark that ignited my return to Ransom Everglades.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.